Today we took the boys to see the flag display at the cemetery in remembrance of the 9/11 victims. There are hundreds and hundreds of flags set up. It cause me to reflect on that day. Like so many others, I will never forget where I was when I learned of the attack. I was 19 years old sitting in my college apartment trying to get ready for an early morning nutrition class. I stared in amazement at the TV as I watched the first building burn and the airplane crash into the second building. Later watching them both crumble to the ground.
From that day on - the world has never been the same. It makes me sad that I had 19 years to live in a world where I wasn't aware of terrorism. I know now that it had existed, but it never had been part of my everyday life or vocabulary. It makes me sad that my boys will grow up always knowing what a terrorist is and what they are capable of.
I am so grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed, served, fought and died for our country - to create a place where I grew up safe and a place that they protect for my children.